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Feastday: April 16
Death: 665

Abbot and bishop of Spain, the son of a Spanish general in the Visigoth armies. Educated by Bishop Conantius of Palencia, Spain, Fructuosus built the monastery Comultum on his es­tate. He became a hermit and attracted so many dis­ciples that he had to erect another monastery and con­vent, including quarters for entire families. Fructuosus decided to travel to Egypt to become a hermit, but a royal decree forbade him to leave Spain. He was made the bishop of Dumium, and in 656, while attending the Council of Toledo, he was named bishop of Braga, Portugal. 


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